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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Salvaged cars present a unique opportunity to sellers and buyers.
Vehicle salvage yards can be a great place to find cheap parts to restore your car with. However, the benefits don't stop there. Find out more about these businesses.
Cheryl and Dave were one of the nicest people to know and deal with. I was driving my 01 Denali with a trailer and my car on the trailer from Philly to Atlanta and I broke down a mile away from Mac's Auto Parts at about 4:35pm on a Friday. I had a leaking fuel line. I called them and they quickly confirmed they had the part. I got a ride down there and got the parts. They didn't even charge me anything and just wanted to get me back running and safely home! On top of that, Dave even gave me a ride back to my truck. They truly were a Godsend and know how to run a successful business with courteous and helpful employees. They had a system that was so organized(trust me I've been to several salvage yards) that I can see how they can help customers efficiently. They exemplify true southern hospitality and run a great family style business. Thank you!
Beware of this dealer she is complete fraud.Her and her husband have court dates pending for it please beware.If you think I’m lying contact Dmv and ask.Also go get the car inspected from somewhere before you buy .you have the right to as a buyer.Dont be fooled by there as-is sale after it’s too late.
How is my original post gone? I gave them a 1 and it is now showing a 5 with with Aamco denying that I was a customer. This is a lie. My very negative experience with them has been years ago so obviously it still bothers me. I think I can produce the attorney letters that were wriiten to me to buzz off.
This place is a rip off. We bought a car here and the next day it started having problems. They refused to do anything about it. I would never recommend this place to anyone
AMMCO replaced my transmission and had to replace it again about 3 weeks later. After about 3 weeks I began having loud popping noises on my Titan truck. I took it back to AMMCO and they put it on the lift and found my transmission leaking. After 3 hour wait and me having to purchase the hydraulic hose the fixed the leak but they said my front transfer case needed to be rebuilt at 900 to 1100 dollars. I couldn't afford that so another mechanic I know sent me to Miller Transmission. Tony Miller and shop manager Steve put my truck on the lift and told me what they were calling front transfer case was actually front differential. They couldn't find anything wrong on the lift so Steve and Tony pulled my truck back off the lift and drove the truck slightly forward and backward while Tony felt under the truck until he found the problem. AMMCO had removed the front cross member and only tightened the bolts hand tight when they reinstalled it. Tony said they didn't even need to remove it. Steve tightened the bolts and the loud popping noise stopped. Tony wouldn't even let me pay him for his time and trouble. He also said if AMMCO had installed the correct sized external transmission oil cooler my truck would not have overheated. I wished all people were that considerate and kind. He saved me a lot of money. Tony Hardin
Honest man. Works with the working man. Looks after the community. Always getting new vehicles.
terrible people bad customer service, will never come back here to do business. David (the owner) cussed me out over a engine that i returned 2 days after purchased because it was bad. Rod knock issue.
We bought a Honda Civic for our son there this summer and we love it we no issues with vehicle and a very friendly staff. They even gave us a 3 month warranty at no charge.
First, prior to getting into my review I want to indicate that Millers has upheld their contractual obligation in regards to the warranty paperwork. Below is in my opinion concerning whether or not I would utilize them again based on my experience.I had a completely rebuilt transmission put in my 2007 Hummer H3 in March 2014. The transmission just went out again this past Friday, Aug 14th 2015. The warranty provided by Miller’s was for 12 months or 12,000 miles which ever came first. It was outside the warranty by about 5 months and 26,000 miles (Total of 38,000 miles on the rebuilt transmission). The owner Tony said that the he felt that this was all that the transmission he installed should be expected to do as it went 2 times the warranty coverage in miles. He did not want to accept any responsibility as there could have been other factors contributing the transmission going out and was not willing to take any ownership in the problem since I was unhappy with the workmanship. I personally would not recommend this shop to anyone unless you are willing to pay about $1,500 per 18 months or every 36,000 miles for a new transmission. Maybe my expectations are too high but I don’t think so.Obviously I will be taking the H3 to another transmission shop for repairs and will be happy to communicate what was found to be the main cause. If there were extenuating circumstances that would have caused the transmissions failure I will repost them to this review for fairness to Miller’s.
I am a Minister and an RN. This AutoZone tried to scam me on a $180 battery. They tested mine said it was no good. I took it to another store and it tested perfect. Scammers!
Automobile owners have plenty of avenues to explore for making quick fixes to their vehicles. You don't have to wait for costly repairs if you are resourceful enough to know exactly what needs to be fixed and are sure of the parts required. By heading to your nearest salvage yard, you'll find the parts you need and more.
Salvage yards collect old vehicles and the accompanying parts. Depending on the condition, the materials can either be repaired or sold. Parts are then made available for you to purchase.
Salvage yards play a big role in ensuring old vehicles are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. The auto industry is the largest in the world and therefore generates the most waste.
Junkyards tend to operate on a local basis and typically purchase damaged cars from insurance companies, auto owners or cities looking to tow abandoned vehicles. Salvage yards then dismantle cars for sellable parts, while unusable components are scrapped and recycled.
You'll first need to identify exactly what parts you need. You can sometimes use generic parts, whereas other instances will require you to stick to the specific manufacturer.
Not every driver has detailed knowledge about specific parts, and that's understandable. Luckily, you can take advantage of various tools to narrow down your search. If you know your car's model, year, make and more, head to the online database carparts.com to search through categories ranging from alternators to suspension.
You can also speak to a mechanic or someone with detailed knowledge about the inner workings of a car to specifically get a better understanding of the parts you need.
You are not out of luck if you bought your car from the secondhand market and didn't get specific details regarding the year, model or submodel, or if you misplaced the owner's manual and no longer have access to that information.
Since 1981, every car has contained a vehicle identification number, otherwise known as a VIN. This 17-character code is comprised of three sections:
Where Do I Find the VIN?
The VIN is commonly found on these locations:
After you find this information, you'll have an easier time finding the necessary parts from the salvage yard.
Once you've confirmed your car's model, the next step is to locate the nearest salvage yard. While a quick online search will yield plenty of results, not all junkyards are the same, and the differences will have an effect on how you obtain the parts.
The first type of salvage location is known as a you-pick yard. Here, you bring your own tools and walk around with full reign to take any parts you find. You can set out to find a specific part for that much-needed repair, or you may stumble upon an item that is harder to find and carries a high market value.
A you-pick yard offers endless opportunities and costs very little to run, which directly benefits salvagers because so many types of salvage yards are popping up, according to Popular Mechanics.
The second type of salvage yard is known as full-service. Here, you can directly request certain parts and workers will deliver them to the front desk. No tools are required, nor will you spend time wandering the endless car piles. The catch: You'll have to pay a fee for the added convenience.
Important Steps to Take
Once you decide on the type of salvage yard to visit, your best course of action is to call before arriving. You can get a better idea of what the yards offer. For example, some salvage areas only have domestic cars for you to look through, while others may deal strictly with foreign, high-performance or vintage cars. After all, you don't want to make the trip to the salvage lot only to discover the cars will not have the parts you're looking for.
Luckily, most yards are generalists, meaning they carry what most scavengers demand. If you happen to own a rare car, chances are the yard will not carry that part simply because the demand is not nearly as high.
What to Expect
Entering a salvage yard can be an overwhelming first experience. With so many cars spread out over a wide stretch of land, the feeling is understandable. Most yards operate the same way, so you can expect the same general experiences throughout each location.
For you-pick salvage yards, you'll have to sign a liability document and pay a small fee, typically around $1. Think of this dollar as a worthy investment, particularly if you stumble across a rare component that can net you a high sale.
Navigating the Lot
Once you enter the lot, look for the ground maps to make your scavenging life a bit easier. According to Popular Mechanics, most lots are organized by keeping the in-demand parts near the front. Here, you'll find parts for vehicles that have a tendency to break down, which works to your advantage if you own a similar car.
The rear of the lot will typically contain items for cars that don't suffer from as many breakdowns. As you walk from the front to the rear, the middle of the lot will gradually progress from cars that frequently suffer mechanical issues to vehicles that don't.
Some lots will even have manufacturers grouped together to help simplify your search. However, not every salvage lot will have this type of organization - some will have no organization whatsoever. While you may spend more time searching for a specific car and an accompanying part, you also have the chance to find some hidden gems.
Don't go into the salvage yard expecting to find price tags on each individual part, as that would be a tedious task for the lot's owner.
Instead, salvage lots will usually have a price board containing necessary information. Different parts will have a generic price, and this method is generally beneficial to you and your wallet.
For example, say you drive a luxury car and are in need of a radiator. When visiting a salvage lot, the pricing for a luxury car's radiator will be around the same amount as a cheaper car's radiator.
Now that you know how the layout and pricing structures work, you have to actually find the parts, which for some, represents the most tedious and exhausting task - and for others, the most fun. You don't want to just grab the first component you need.
After finding something you think can be useful, carefully inspect it. Make sure the part isn't damaged. Likewise, check for interchangeable parts. You will then have an easier time searching for parts because you open up the number of cars to look through.
Tools Are Needed
Salvaging for auto parts is labor-intensive and sometimes dangerous. You'll want to stock up and go to the yard with the necessary tools to help pry loose much-needed parts, such as a full door.
Keep in mind though that you'll carry home any and everything you bring along. While you do want to have the tools, you also don't want to tire yourself out from the weight. Luckily, you can carry along some equipment while leaving heavier items in the car for when you get back.
Typical gear includes:
Keep these tools in the car:
Getting the Parts
Not every part will be easily accessible in a junk car. The tools you bring along will be helpful if you need to destroy portions of the vehicle - just make sure you don't accidentally destroy the part you're looking for because some areas of the car are easier to take apart than others.
When rummaging through a car or walking around the lot, stay aware of your surroundings. Remember, you aren't the only visitor looking to salvage parts. Other individuals are also looking for components, and not everyone works as safely as possible.
If you find a car you'd like to inspect, make sure working conditions are suitable, and if anything looks suspicious or dangerous, don't hesitate to find a safer vehicle to tear apart.
Buying a Specific Component
Instances may arise where you find yourself looking for a smaller component of a larger part, such as the latch to a door. It is in your interest to call the salvage yard before arriving to see if they sell smaller components individually, because some yards do not.
Some owners choose to not sell small components for financial reasons. According to Car-Part, owners will find difficulty selling the higher-priced assembly. If salvage lots come across a door without the handle, they will have to pay extra to get the handle and attach it to the entire assembly. It is therefore cost-effective for salvage lots to sell entire assemblies.
After you've successfully found a part or multiple components, take everything up to the clerk. Inform them of what you have and pay. It is in your best interest to avoid lying about what you have as a way to to pay less. You will potentially be banned if you're found lying.
Parts May Be Expensive
You-pick salvage yards will display the prices for categories of parts. However, prices may fluctuate depending on the demand. Harder-to-find items may carry a higher price tag than a brand-new one. In such instances, you have to use your best judgment to decide on which route to choose. Keep in mind that if you are salvaging for auto parts, you may also stumble across items that are difficult to find and subsequently be able to sell them for a profit. Doing so can offset the cost of the price you're paying for the parts you personally need.
Salvage yards will have different policies regarding warranties, but in most instances, the parts you find will be covered. Some salvage yards will offer warranties of anywhere from 90 days to six months, and may even offer the option for extended coverage.
Automobile owners looking to fix up their cars and save money will benefit from visiting a salvage yard. Time and dedication will be needed on your end, but the payout will be worth it because you'll save money and may even find old car parts that can be useful for non-auto purposes. You may even find rare parts you can then sell.
Before visiting the salvage yard, call ahead and ask questions about warranties, pricing and the types of cars they have for you to look through. Then, gather your tools, and get the most out of your auto salvage trip.